from letter from 6/2/1869 from Geo Whitley
James Ashton’s farm
I had a letter from Meredith this morning saying that the old man died
yesterday and sending an application from a very respectable party as Tenant who
afterwards called & I told him the probability was it would not be let as a
whole but would be added to some of the other farms. Cartwright from the
Greyhound would be glad of it as he wishes to relinquish the public business.
Per statute acre
And Land contains
204. 5. 0
May 28th 1869
from letter from 8/3/1873 from Geo Whitley
a cottage near the Greyhound and is recently dead she was the widow of Wm.
Ashton whose farm you will recollect was divided some time since between other
tenants. She was a very old person being upwards of 80 and has left no one to
succeed her except her sister who is 67 years old. Miss Jenkinson was the first
person who applied for it and I told her I would ask you, since then I have had
four applications, one from Cartwright of the Greyhound who says you promised
him he should have it as soon as Mrs. Ashton died, consequently he has the first
claim, Mrs. Ashton’s sister is desirous of staying there but I do not see how
her request can be complied with.
Mrs. Ashton’s cottage
You were right in saying she was not the widow of our old Tenant, they
are going to have a sale in a week and claim the grates, which I find on
enquiry, belong to them and I have requested Ball to attend the sale &
purchase them as he says they will be sold for very little. I know not how to
choose a tenant as Cartwright (The Greyhound) says the cottage was promised to
him on Mrs. Ashton’s death & Miss Jenkinson was the first applicant on
that event happening, it is equally convenient to both
I have got Balls signature to Agreement for repairs at Ashtons cottage He
as not finished there yet they are busy with some drainage on Mr. Lees farm I
have not been to see that yet.